This is a prime example of what I call a classic, and completely admirable, "Big House” NV Brut. The nose is yeasty but not too, there is freshness yet a trace of age, there is complexity yet there is still some primary fruit and the round but still vibrant offer excellent depth and fine length plus, and this is the most important part, real finishing character. A more than respectable example that is a really lovely effort in every respect and while it could be aged to moderate benefit, I probably wouldn't do so beyond 3 years or so. Score: 91. —Allen Meadows,
Lightly honeyed and silky on the palate, this finely balanced Champagne offers a layered palate of poached pear, almond financier, smoky mineral and candied kumquat and ginger. A seamless, mouthwatering version. Disgorged 2013. Drink now through 2020. -AN
Expressive, yeasty aromas of apple, warm biscuits, toasted nuts, truffle and minerals. A rich, nutty midweightwith enticing coffee, mushrooms and truffle notes. Smooth and harmonious, with a brisk framingacidity. Nicely balanced Champagne with good intensity and length.
Wine Maker Notes
Produced from 105 different Champagne crus. Contains 50% reserve wine from up to 8 different years.
COMPOSITION: 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of foods, especially regionalFrench cuisine.